Me and my FT8 experience - so far :-)

Discussion in 'Working Different Modes' started by OE4KSF, Aug 8, 2019.

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  1. OE4KSF

    OE4KSF Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well, I’m a newcomer out here - only had my licence for a few years

    In the beginning it was always only SSB for me, but my friends that know that I’m working with computers (for living) was always asking if I had tried any digital modes

    I then started with wspr - build ( is what I really like to do - build things) some RX/TX units for testing out the wspr.
    Indeed interesting to see how far you could get - using 10/100mW :)

    So - then got me testing the FT8 - did not really see me doing only PC -> PC communication , but would like to test it out.

    And now have more than 5.000 entries in my FT8 log, and 156 countries logged - and this in only 5 months :)

    Finding me now looking for new countries - even more than I do on SSB

    Will I stop using SSB - no - not at all - I still like to “talk” to someone out there, but I have to say that the FT8 is addicting :)

    Have even started to learn me CW :) Slow learner, but getting there

    So for all of you that are thinking about trying digital modes - do it - test it out - its different , but also fun

    Yes it might be a bit problematic to get everything up and running, but take that as part of the fun - to make things work :)

    And with the internet handy - plenty of places to get help - and remember the only dumb question is the one you did not make
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  2. N4UP

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    Thank you for sharing that. You are doing very well and better than I am on FT8. I have been licensed since 1963 and prefer CW, but have made 6000+ contacts on FT8 in three years. Only 143 countries on FT8, but 301 overall. I get much more excited over a new CW country than on FT8, but I still enjoy the quick FT8 exchange.

    I enjoyed my visit to Innsbruck in 2010 and am happy to have made 251 contacts with Austria. I hope to work you one of these days.
  3. OE4KSF

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    Thank you Peter , yes hope to find you on the air on day :)
    So far 316 US County logged on FT8 , just now a new one on 15m :)
  4. N8AFT

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    Dr Knut; Don't think of yourself as a slow learner!
    Learning Morse takes time and effort but you'll find it to be well worth it when you have mastery.

    Learn Morse.
    Do CW.
  5. OE4KSF

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    Thank you N8AFT, yes I know , my problem is to find time to have continuity to the learning ;-)
    I find about 25wpm to be best for my ears , slower I'm finding myself listen after dits and dots .
    But will be there one day :)
  6. KG5WKO

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    I Was very into cw as ham back in 1960;s. Cw is like learning the piano-you have to practice constantly. Even after a decades of abscence, I am back to 16 wpm. You will get there and welcome to CW!
    I am one struggling with setting up rig and computer for ft8 psk31 because new digital technology above my experience curve.
    Good luck and around 14.070? if i am not forgetting I am on cw in early hours of day MST. hearme give me a call.

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